THE Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has won the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) 2010 National Awards for Excellence. The UDIA National Awards celebrate Australia’s contemporary knowledge, skills and innovation in the urban development industry, and recognise the outstanding achievements of high quality developments that contribute to the industry, government and community.

MCEC’s chief executive Leigh Harry said: ‘This award is a fitting tribute to the designers Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture, the developers Plenary Group, and the builders Brookfield Multiplex, the State Government of Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust for their collaborative vision to successfully create one of the most impressive architectural and environmentally-sound buildings in the world.’

The award was presented for the centre’s exceptional environmental features, particularly the use of radiant slab heating and cooling; solar panelling; a black water treatment facility; the use of low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); an abundance of natural light; and an extensive waste separation program.